Golf courses Florida Kissimmee Orange Lake Golf Resort, The Legends Golf Course

Orange Lake Golf Resort, The Legends Golf Course

8505 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, Florida, 34747
Type: Resort
No. Holes: 18
407-239-1050
Architect: Arnold Palmer (143)
                      
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Detailed description of Orange Lake Golf Resort, The Legends Golf Course

Orange Lake Golf Resort is a Resort 54 hole golf facility located in Orlando Florida. The facility has two 18 hole courses, they are The Legends Course and The Reserve Course. Additionally, Orange Lake Golf Resort has two short 9 hole courses, The Crane's Bend Course and The Legends Walk Course.

The Legends Golf Course at Orange Lake first opened for play in 1998. The course was designed by Arnold Palmer.

The course provides two distinct nine-hole layouts. The front side has been named The Links Nine for its open feel, which reminds one of playing the great links of Scotland and Ireland. The back nine, or The Pines, has tight, tree-lined fairways similar to the great American layouts in the Pinehurst area of North Carolina. Combined, the course provides an extremely entertaining and challenging round of golf, with water bordering on 10 holes.

The Links Nine has wide-open nine will bring windy conditions into play that can make club selection challenging. Strategically contoured greens require well-placed approach shots and precision putting. The longest of Orange Lake's challenging golf holes at 610 yards, The Links hole #4 is a good warm-up before venturing into "The Pines".

Towering pines and oaks, winding fairways and flowing water are the backdrop of The Pine (back) Nine. Tee shots are launched between openings cut through the trees. A wayward shot here could result in a ball pushed deep in the woods. Much like the classic courses of North Carolina, proper club selection and accuracy are required to successfully navigate through The Pines. The Island Oak, hole #13, is the feature hole at The Legends course.

The course has multiple sets of tee boxes to ensure that all skill levels can enjoy a challenging round. Driving range available during the day.

Teal tees: par-72, 7,072 yards, 74.3 / 132

Black tees: par-72, 6,665 yards, 72.0 / 129

Blue tees: par-72, 6,263 yards, 70.3 / 124

White tees: par-72, 5,780 yards, 67.5 / 121

Yellow tees: par-72, 5,188 yards, 69.6 / 120

This course has been reviewed 5 times
Golf Course ranker Photo, Greg Tapinz
Mulberry, FL

$26 (cart included), played on Friday, July 2018 at 3:47 AM

A few years back the Orange Lake Resort Courses were in disrepair. Brown Golf Mgt. Is making these courses excellent again!

Would travel: 60-120 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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Rank ID # : 029220
Golf Course ranker Photo, David Theoret
Lakeland, FL
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Guest (cart included), played on Friday, December 2017 at 10:00 AM

Odds are that Kemmons Wilson is not a household name or even a name that comes up every now and then in golf locker rooms around the country, but believe it or not, the man had a lot to do with the proliferation of professional golf in the US. Wilson is the founder of Holiday Inn and if you were to ask any professional golfer from the 50’s and 60’s, you’ll probably hear stories of how Holiday took them in and gave them a place to stay while they competed.

On the other hand, the name Arnold Palmer is a household name; it’s probably safe to say that, because he dabbled in so many other things beside golf, his name is well-known outside of golf too. Arnold Palmer has arguably done as much for golf as anyone else.

Put these two together and what do you get? The Legends Course at Orange Lake Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Orange Lake Resort is known for upscale condo-style accommodations, villas and timeshares as well as a complete array of amenities that include swimming pools, tennis, miniature golf, a fitness center, lots of dining and meeting room options, 2 championship 18-hole golf courses and two executive courses; one that is lit for night play.

Arnold Palmer Design Group built the Legends Course. There are five sets of tees to challenge men and women of all abilities. The Back Tees measure 7,072 yards with a slope rating of 132 and a course rating of 72.2. I found the Blue Tees at 6,263 yards (71.1/124) was the perfect length for my game and allowed me to leave with a little dignity still intact. Seniors will be challenged at 5,780 yards (68.7/120) while ladies will enjoy the Yellow Tees (5,188/92.3/120). Pick the tees that best match your game and you’re sure to have a good time.

The Legends Course is a tale of two nines. The front side – sometimes referred to as the Links Nine – features wide fairways with significant landing areas and lots of rolling terrain. The Links Nine is much longer than the back (Pines) nine and has a real resort feel as it winds through the various lodging options of the resort. Water comes into play on about 4 holes on the outward nine as opposed to 7 of nine holes on the inward side. Many of these water hazards are pressed up against the greens and create precarious approach shots. The Pines Nine also features several fairways lined with Florida pines and majestic live oak trees that create narrow corridors off the tee. Several holes feature rock retaining walls that front the greens – a Palmer Design trademark.

Most Memorable Hole: Number 18: Par 5, 400 yards (Blue Tees). This long, dogleg left features water on the left side that starts into play about 250 yards off the tee. There is also fairway bunker in play on the left side off the tee and a waste bunker on the right. A good tee shot will still leave a long to mid-iron into and elevated green protected by sand and water on the left and a lot of mounding on the right.

Favorite Par 3: Number 3, 200 yards (Blue Tees). This long par 3 plays slightly downhill, but not quite a club less. It’s well protected on either side by deep-lipped bunkers that can make for a tough sandy. This can be a tough hole on a windy day, so choose your club wisely off the tee.

Favorite Par 4: Number 13, 375 yards (Blue Tees). Aesthetically, this signature hole is probably the nicest hole on the course. Your tee shot is blind and uphill; just aim for the middle of the fairway. From there, you should have a mid-iron downhill over water into a large multi-tiered green that features a lot of undulation. It’s a fun hole to look at; it’s even better to play!

Favorite Par 5: Number 4, 565 yards. Number 4 doglegs to the right and then back to the left, with all kinds of trouble along the way. It’s a double dogleg that features water on the right off the tee that comes into play if you try to get greedy. Steer clear of the water off the tee and you’ll have plenty of room for your layup shot. As the hole makes the second dogleg, you’ll be faced with a large waste bunker on the left side. If your approach shot is in the 150+ yards range, you’re facing a blind approach shot into a very small green protected front right and left by bunkers and water if you go long.

Last Word: The Legends Course at Orange Lake Resort is anything but your typical resort course. There are a lot of doglegs – both right and left – that require both length and accuracy to set up a second shot. There are a lot of elevation changes – 10 feet is a lot in this part of Florida – that create blind tee shots and layups. Large lips on many of the bunkers add a bit of difficulty getting it close out of the sand. And the greens – although a little on the slow side – feature a lot of undulation. Several have ridges in the middle that create multiple tiers. Another atypical feature about the Legends Course is the small greens; they really test your accuracy.

After your round, be sure to stop by the Legacy Grill, located in the Legend’s clubhouse. Guests can relax either indoors or out in the comfortable sports-themed setting. Enjoy food and drink with friends and family, all served by a friendly, knowledgeable staff. The restaurant is open from 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM, so breakfast, lunch and dinner are all in play. The menu is vast and has something for even the most discriminating of pallets. They also serve all your favorite post-golf libations.

The next time you find yourself in the Disney area with your golf clubs and several hours to kill, give the Legends Course at Orange Lake Resort a call.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: Better than average course for the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 029049
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Andover, KS

Guest (cart included), played on Monday, September 2014 at 10am

Greens were aereated recently, so greens are not the best. Overall was a good experience.

Would travel: 10-20 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 022715
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West Hartford, CT

$36 (cart included), played on Wednesday, January 2011 at 8am

There were two 18-hole courses at the resort. This is the only one that was available for a review. Greens were excruciatingly slow. Course was otherwise in decent shape, but wedged in between townhouses. Maybe my poor play influenced my opinion, but it just wasn't a real enjoyable golf experience.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: Better courses for less nearby
 
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Rank ID # : 019297
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Davenport, FL

$31 (cart included), played on Monday, December 2012 at 6am

Legends Course has matured into a very attractive golf outing for a resort-type course. The major emphasis is still on "stay and play," however the staff are friendly, attentive and extremely helpful to the casual "day rate" player.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 019266
3.4/5
Based on 5 reviews
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